AT THE 923rd MEETING OF THE PERMANENT COUNCIL

Tacan İLDEM 06.09.2012
STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR TACAN İLDEM,
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY

AT THE 923rd MEETING OF THE
PERMANENT COUNCIL

6 September 2012


Thank you Mr. Chairman.

I would like to add my voice to previous speakers in welcoming Major General Torres, the Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office for Article IV of Dayton Peace Accords, and thank him for his comprehensive and detailed presentation, which provided us with an overview on the implementation of this important agreement.

Turkey attaches great importance to security and the stability in South Eastern Europe. We believe that the sub-regional arms control and confidence and security building measures constitute an important part of our efforts aimed at sustainable stability in this region. In line with this understanding, we have been closely following the relevant activities and we have been regularly providing assistants for inspection as well as for escort missions. We are pleased to hear once again today that these missions, which have an important role in contributing to the overall confidence in the region, have been completed successfully.

As mentioned by General Torres, the reduction of nearly 10.000 pieces of heavy armaments since 1996 is a significant indication of the confidence achieved in the region. We welcome the intentions of the four Parties to the Agreement to voluntarily make further reductions. We also take note of the impressive reductions of military manpower and the decrease of the dimensions of the Parties’ armed forces. These developments are no doubt a testament to the high level political engagement of the Parties to peace and stability in the region.

I would also like to commend the professional manner in which the information exchange and inspection regime of the Agreement has been conducted in an atmosphere of trust, openness and transparency. In this regard, we would like to recall the remarkable contribution of the use of OSCE communication network and the Automatic Data System, which has been an important component of the exchange of military information.

We note with particular satisfaction the completion of phase 1 of the Action Plan on the transfer of ownership of the implementation of the Agreement. We hope that the second phase whereby ownership will be transferred to the Parties, will also be successfully completed by the end of 2014, as envisaged. If needed, Turkey stands ready to provide assistance in this process.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank both the Parties to the Agreement as well as you and your Office, for the successful implementation of this highly important Sub Regional Arms Control regime.

Thank you Mr. Chairperson.